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Kalamazoo County Commission talks township police patrols

KALAMAZOO (WKZO) -- The Kalamazoo County Board of Commissioners is trying to work out a deal that's fair for local townships to continue receiving road patrols from the sheriffs department. Kalamazoo County Commissioner Dave Buskirk says that the townships are being asked to pay a little more than they did in the pas, as services cost more and the county is taking in less revenue.

Buskirk says that he understands why some township residents would be frustrated by this, but notes that's the cost of living farther away from an urban area. Many townships in Kalamazoo County contract out for sheriffs deputies to patrol their roadways, rather than paying for their own full time police officers.

Oshtemo Township leaders are currently talking about a possible millage increase to help pay for sheriffs deputy patrols.